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What are the complications of Parvovirus B19?

  1. Aplastic crisis in chronic haemolytic diseases (sickle cell, thalassaemia)
  2. Aplastic anaemia
  3. Arthritis, myalgia more common in older children/adults
  4. Congenital infection with anaemia and hydrops


Parvovirus B19 incubates for 4-28 days (avg 16-17) and is transmitted in respiratory secretions and blood. It is no longer infectious once the rash has appeared.

What is the clinical presentation of this infection?

AKA erythema infectiousum, 'slapped cheek' or fifth disease. Affects red cell precursors  and reticulocytes in the bone marrow.

The prodromal phase is mild and consists of low-grade fever in 15-30% of cases, headache, and symptoms of mild upper respiratory tract infection. The hallmark of erythema infectiosum is the characteristic rash, which occurs in 3 stages that are not always distinguishable.

  • very erythematous cheeks, then erythematous maculopapular rash on trunk and extremities, which fades with central clearing giving the characteristic lacy or reticular appearance.
  • Rash lasts 2-30 days


What are the clinical features/diagnostic criteria of Kawasaki Disease?

Fever lasting at least five days without any other explanation combined with at least four of the five following criteria:


  1. Bilateral bulbar conjunctival injection
  2. Oral mucous membrane changes, including injected or fissured lips, injected pharynx, or strawberry tongue
  3. Peripheral extremity changes, including erythema of palms or soles, edema of hands or feet (acute phase), and periungual desquamation (convalescent phase)
  4. Polymorphous rash
  5. Cervical lymphadenopathy (at least one lymph node >1.5 cm in diameter)


The inflammatory signs typically develop after a brief nonspecific prodrome of respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms. These clinical signs are the basis for the diagnostic criteria for KD

Although not part of the diagnostic criteria, some finding support the diagnosis. Typical manifestations include elevation of acute phase reactants (eg, C-reactive protein [CRP] or erythrocyte sedimentation rate [ESR]), leukocytosis, and a left-shift in the white blood cell count. Platelet counts generally rise by the second week of illness and may reach 1,000,000/mm3 (reactive thrombocytosis) in the most severe cases.


What is the clinical presentation of adenovirus?

Incubates for 2-14 days.

Clinical presentation

  • URTI
  • Conjunctivitis +/- pharyngitis
  • Gastroenteritis (more common in <4 yrs)


  • Severe pneumonia (infants)
  • disseminated disease in immunocompromised

Treatment - supportive


What are the clinical features of Enteroviruses including polioviruses types 1 to 3, coxsackieviruses A and B and echoviruses

Transmission by faecal/oral and respiratory droplets.

Clinical presentation:

  • Non specific febrile illness: abrupt onset of fever and malaise +/- headache and myalgia, lasts 3-4 days.
  • Respiratory: pharyngitis, tonsillits, nasopharyngitis, lasts 3-6 days.
  • GI: diarrhoea, vomiting, abdo pain
  • Skin: 'hand, foot and mouth'
  • Pericarditis and myocarditis
  • Neurological: aseptic meningitis, encephalitis, cerebellar ataxia and Guillain-Barre

Treatment is supportive.

Vaccine for Polio


What is the diagnosis?


Image shows Koplik spots, raised white spots on a red background opposite the lower molars. These a pathognomonic of measles.


What are the clinical features of measles?

Subdivided into Incubation,Prodrome, Exanthem, and Recovery.

Incubation: 8-10 days via respiratory mucosa or conjunctiva. Typically asymptomatic at this time.

Prodrome: 3-5 days, low fever, malaise anorexia, brassy cough, coyrza, conjunctivits, Koplik spots.

Exanthem: Maculopapular, blanching rash beginning on the face and spreading cephalocaudally and centrifugally to involve the neck, upper trunk, lower trunk, and extremities. The palms and soles are rarely involved. The cranial to caudal progression of the rash is characteristic of measles but is not pathognomonic.

Recovery: Cough may persist for one to two weeks after measles infection. The occurrence of fever beyond the third to fourth day of rash suggests a measles-associated complication.



A 10 year old boy presents with the rash in the image below. It feels like sandpaper and blanches with pressure. He has a strawberry tongue and circumoral pallor. The rash started on his head and spread rapidly to his trunk and extremeties, sparing his hands and feet. It is now beginning to desquamate. You note the rash is more marked in the skin folds and at pressure points.

He reports having a sore throat recently.

What is the diagnosis and what complications should you consider?

Scarlett fever

A diffuse erythematous eruption that generally occurs in association with pharyngitis. Development of the scarlet fever rash requires prior exposure to S. pyogenes and occurs as a result of delayed-type skin reactivity to pyrogenic exotoxin (erythrogenic toxin, usually types A, B, or C) produced by the organism.


Scarlett fever with pharyngitis can predispose to Acute Rheumatic Fever.


2008A Q12

A 13-year-old boy presents with right upper quadrant pain and vomiting. He lives on a sheep station. On examination he is afebrile and has hepatomegaly.
An ultrasound scan confirms the presence of a 12 x 12 cm cyst, with several internal membranes, in the right lobe of the liver. His chest X-ray was normal.
Which of the following medical treatments is indicated?
A. Albendazole.
B. Doxycycline.
C. Metronidazole.
D. Pentamidine.
E. Praziquantel.

A. Albendazole.


In a non-immunised toddler with sepsis, what are the most likely organisms and what are the first line antibiotics?

S. pneumoniae

N. Meningiditis

less likely HIB


Rx Cefotaxime and vancomycin


Why would you choose a cephalosporin over a penicillin in meningitis?

Penicillin has poor BBB penetration whereas cephalosporins have good penetration.


How does pneumococcus develop penicillin resistance?

How would you manage your pt if this occured?

Pneumococcus alters the penicillin binding sites, but also encodes resistance to other antibiotics including 3rd generation cephalosporins.

Increasing dose of penicillin overcomes resistance, except in CSF.


Can staph be treated with ciprofloxacin?

No, it mutates easily and becomes resistant quickly to cipro.


What is main anti-staph antiobiotic?


nb. Absorption decreases with food.


What are antibiotic options in treatment of MRSA?

  • erythromycin
  • clindamycin
  • doxycycline
  • cotrimoxazole
  • vancomycin
  • gentamycin


What does fluclox cover?

staph and strep (skin bugs)


In an ATSI pt with a skin infection who appears septic, what would you treat with (esp in Darwin)?

Vanc and fluclox for MRSA


Why do we add amoxycillin to cefotaxime in neonates with suspected meningitis?

To cover for Listeria


In a patient with neonatal herpes, after the acute infection has been treated should PO aciclovir suppression be commenced for improved neurodevelopmental outcomes?



What secondary infection is classically associated with chicken pox?

Strep Pyogenes (GAS)


Typhoid fever is a severe systemic illness common in India. Caused by Salmonella typhi with onset of symptoms 5-21 days post ingestion of organism.

What are the clinical features and treatment of this illness?

  • Stepwise fever
  • chills
  • Abdominal pain
  • rose spots
  • hepatosplenomegally
  • perforation
  • secondary bacteremia

Enteric fever requires antibiotic therapy


Echinococcus granulosis is a zoonosis in which dogs are the prime host however some parts of the life cycle can be completed in humans, sheep and other animals.

What does this become in humans, what is the treatment and what treatment should you be cautious of?

Tapeworm which forms hydatid cysts which can occur in many organs in the body. Primarily liver, then lung.

Treatment with Albendazole.

Surgery is an option but with caution that the cyst does not rupture and cause spillage (overwhelming for body)


10-30% of women will be colonised with GBS. 50% of these babies will become colonised. Of those babies, what percentage will develop invasive disease?



What is Ramsay-Hunt syndrome?

Reactivation of VZV from geniculate ganglion of CN VII.

Usually unilateral erythematous vesicular reaction eruption on face including ear canal, oropharynx, with unilateral facial palsy of variable severity.

Treatment - supportive, steroids, maybe aciclovir (not much evidence).

Monitor hearing loss

If eye involvement consider herpes zoster ophthalmicus.


This 9 year old boy presented with the lesion below.

It was tender and boggy and had not responded to multiple courses of antibiotics over three months.

What is it and how do you treat it?


Take scalp scraping to confirm dx.

Fungal infection.

Prefers pre-pubertal children.

Note hair loss, and hair breakage.

Would flouresce under Woods lamp.

Treatment: Terbinafine OR itraconazole + fluconazole for 3-4 weeks

Ketaconazole 2% shampoo

Oral steroids if severe to reduce swelling and pain.


What is the risk of developing congenital varicella zoster syndrome if a pregnant women develops chicken pox betwee 13 and 20 weeks gestation?

2%, before and after this gestation is much lower.


Dengue Fever

Epidemic in Qld, south pacific.

  • Fever
  • Severe myalgia, arthralgia
  • Fine macular rash, petechiae
  • Leucopaenia
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Headache, vomiting, retro occular pain.


Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever

More common with second infections due to immune enhancement

Infants and young children highest risk

2-5 days into illness

Petechiae, bruises, ARDS, Hepatosplenomegally, thrombocytopaenia, seizures

20% progress to DIC/shock with 40% mortality


In a discrete exposure to Hep B (ie needlestick injury with HBsAg status unknown) what would be the treatment in a child incompletely vaccinated for HepB?

The risk of transmission of viruses from community acquired needlestick injuries is low. HepB is the hardiest virus, which can survive for 5-7 days in dried blood spots

After a discrete exposure e.g. needlestick where the source’s HBsAg status is unknown, the Hepatitis B vaccine should be given. The vaccine will give a rapid rise in antibodies, which would be sufficient to protect against seroconversion if he has been exposed.



Gram-positive bacillus Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Infection may lead to respiratory disease, cutaneous disease, or an asymptomatic carrier state.

The most common presenting findings are sore throat, malaise, cervical lymphadenopathy, and low grade fever. 

In at least one-third of cases, local elaboration of toxin induces the formation of a coalescing pseudomembrane. This membrane can extend to any portion of the respiratory tract from the nasal passages to the tracheobronchial tree.